Common Ringtail Possum

Ringtail Possum
Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

Common ringtail possum (Pseudocherius peregrinus) has a white tip on the end of its tail. It uses this long tail for gripping and it is often referred to as its fifth limb.

It eats leaves and flowers, particularly high nectar-producing plants, and fruits from native and non-native trees. It is one of the few marsupials able to eat eucalypt leaves which are a poor source of nutrition and difficult to digest. It also eats its own faecal pellets to extract the maximum nutrients from its food.

Ringtails are very sociable creatures, living in family groups. Both the male and female construct a nest, called a drey, by carrying vegetation with their tails. Breeding pairs usually produce two young which remain in the pouch for four months. Both parents then carry them until weened at about six months.